Three reasons why Chelsea should sell Diego Costa
Three reasons why Chelsea should cut their losses and sell Diego Costa
His relationship with Mourinho has deteriorated
Although Jose Mourinho has reassured the media and the club that his relationship with last season’s top goal-scorer is still a positive one, it isn’t difficult to read the signs that suggest otherwise. A reported half-time spat in last week’s Champions League tie against Maccabi Tel-Aviv was followed by an apparent refusal to warm up before the Spurs game on Sunday after discovering he would not be in the starting line-up. Later in the derby, he threw his bib in the direction of Mourinho after he discovered he would not be brought on in the second-half. All this along with past suspensions for violent conduct are signs of a poorly-disciplined individual, and if Mourinho cannot get the best out of him again, then he needs to go.
Lost his form
Chelsea have been in dismal form of late and the defending champions are currently sitting just five points above the relegation zone and league leaders Manchester City have nearly double Chelsea’s points tally. The team as a whole has dipped dramatically and Costa is no exception. From scoring 25 goals in 53 appearances last season to only four in 17 games this season, he has not set the Premier League alight like he did last season. Even then, his record in the Champions League has been disappointing since moving to Stamford Bridge – one goal in 12 appearances – shows a lacklustre form for any striker. At this level this dip in form is disappointing to see and with the January transfer window opening up Chelsea need a new replacement and fast.
Costa joined from Atletico Madrid and despite having a long-running hamstring battle, the striker passed his medical. He was forced to contend with a hamstring injury throughout much of Atletico Madrid’s title-winning campaign and he aggrievated the injury just minutes into the Champions League final where Real Madrid picked up La Decima and has struggled to shake it off since. The Brazilian-born Spanish international has had setbacks last season because of that same hamstring but as it is a long-term issue, it can play on a player’s mind and affect their game. You can clearly tell that Costa’s hasn’t got fast acceleration nor is he as powerful as he used to be. Injury problems means more time off the pitch than on the pitch and Chelsea cannot be patient with his fitness in the position they are in.